Louisiana Reality Shows – a Booming Business
Anyone who has turned on the TV lately has seen ‘Duck Dynasty’ on A&E, ‘Swamp People’ on History Channel, and ‘My Big Redneck Vacation’ on CMT. And last night the Bayou State got another shout out with the premiere episode of CMT’s ‘Party Down South’, which is not actually filmed in Louisiana, but has 4 cast members from right here in Acadiana (Or at least close by!). No less than the New York Times did an article on why reality stars and shows are flocking to our beautiful state. Part of the article states ‘The Louisiana film and television industry has grown enormously since a generous tax credit program was set up in 2002, hence the nickname Hollywood South’. It is BIG BUSINESS, folks. Just check out the map of where television shows are currently being filmed here, and that doesn’t even include the huge amount of movies currently in production in Louisiana! Whew! We have so many shows in production here, that sometimes it’s hard to keep up with ‘who’s filming what, where’. My only objection is somehow they always seem to make us southerners look stupid, which we certainly ARE NOT. But, hey, if production companies want to come here and spend billions of dollars, well, we guess that is OK with us!